Cold sores are not only unsightly, but they can be painful too. If you’re a first time sufferer, or if this kind of infection is the bane of your life we have got some great information for you! Through out this site you will find some of the most effective and unique ways for getting rid of cold sores as fast as possible.
Caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), cold sores are an extremely common condition. It’s reported that over 90% of us will develop at least one cold sore during our life. Although your first cold sore is usually the worst and most painful, most of us develop antibodies against the virus, meaning that we may never suffer another cold sore again.
If you’re a regular sufferer, you’ll probably know when you’re about to develop a cold sore, as the skin in the area may start itching or tingling about two days prior to the eruption of the sore itself. This is the best time to start any cold sore treatment. However, if you didn’t get these symptoms, or didn’t know what they were, don’t worry, help is at hand.
There are many ways to get rid of cold sores, ranging from over the counter and prescription treatments, to natural remedies and ‘old wives’ tales’. Whichever of the remedies you choose is down to personal preference, but most of the remedies listed here, while unable to make them disappear overnight, will certainly shorten the duration and lessen their appearance.
If your first port of call when getting rid of cold sores is the pharmacy, you’ll find several over the counter cold sore remedies. Most of these contain some sort of anesthetic cream, , such as benzocaine, to numb the pain. These creams should be applied topically to the cold sore up to 5 times daily, or as advised by your pharmacist. They’ll help to relieve discomfort and are reported to heal sore faster. You may also want to try over the counter painkillers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which will also help alleviate any pain.
For those of you who prefer natural remedies, there are many natural products you can use to get rid of cold sores. You will find many remedies throughout this website. Some are from tea tree oil, vanilla extract, witch hazel, sea salt, teas, such as green, black and white, or herbal teas, such as chamomile and peppermint, and the current ‘wonder oil’ coconut oil.
Should you find that your cold sore doesn’t respond to these treatments, or if they recur often, a trip to your doctor may be the best solution. They’ll be able to prescribe one of a range of anti viral drugs which have been proven for getting rid of cold sores in most sufferers.